That’s The War We’re In

That’s The War We’re In

2 Timothy 3:1 KJV “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”

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2 Corinthians 11:23‭-‬28 EasyEnglish “They may say that they are Christ’s servants. (I speak like a fool.) But I am a better servant than they are. I have worked much more than they have worked. I have been in prisons more often than they have been in prisons. I could not begin to count how many times people have hit me. I have nearly died many times. 24 At five different times, the Jews hit me with a stick 39 times. 25 Other people hit me with sticks three times. People threw stones at me to kill me once. Three times I have been on ships that broke in the sea. Once I was in the sea for a night and a day. 26 I have travelled very much. I have been in danger from rivers and from people who rob. I have been in danger from my own people and from other people, who do not know God. I have been in danger in cities and in country places. I have been in danger on the sea. And I have been in danger from people who said that they were Christ’s. But those people were not really Christ’s. 27 I have worked very much, so that I have been very, very tired. Many times I have not slept. Many times I have been hungry and I have had nothing to drink. Many times I have had no food and I have been cold and without clothes. 28 All these troubles have happened to me. But also, every day I think about all the groups of believers, because they matter so much to me.”

1 Corinthians 4:9-11 NIV “For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. [10] We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! [11] To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.”

All the words above are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Used to write them was a man who knew a thing or two about sufferings for Christ’s sake. His name was Paul. Paul went through it for the faith. If you and I never go through half of what Paul faced there will still be many trials to endure. Get into the habit of knowing that nothing will always go as it logically should. You’re in a war against the Devil; God’s arch enemy.

Revelation 12:17 MEV “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and he went to wage war with the remnant of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

You’re just minding your own business and out of nowhere someone starts messing with you. That’s the battle we’re in. You report wrongdoing then it somehow gets turned back on you. That’s the battle we’re in. You work hard to be a good husband or wife, then your spouse ups and leaves you. That’s the battle we’re in. You’re a conscientious hard working employee, still you lose your job. That’s the battle. Your children rebel against you; the battle. Your parents reject you; the battle. Like Paul you too even experience homelessness; the battle. You are falsely accused and imprisoned like Joseph; the battle. I can go on and on about life’s misfortunes, and by the way guys even nonbelievers go through these:

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

It’s good to know that God won’t allow more to come on us than we can bear. But there is a special reason why Satan wants us to go through trials: he is trying to break our faith. Yet God uses these same tribulations to make us strong; make us complete:

James 1:2-4 NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. [3] For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. [4] So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

Guys we’re not just going through stuff just to be going through stuff. God is building His kingdom; His temple, His church. That’s you and me who believe. Yes, we are being refined and designed with eternal purposes in mind. Remember this when things aren’t going like they should (or like we think they should). It’s not about us. It’s about God’s kingdom which you and I are a part of. Expect things to go haywire. None of us can predict exactly what’s going to happen in a battle. Whether it’s a football game or a war between nations there’s always the unexpected. Every battle tactician knows that. YOU ARE A WARRIOR!!! LIVE LIKE ONE!!! Unforeseen occurrences, unimaginables, setbacks, even failures will occur. It’s how we handle these that determine whether we win or lose.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 KJV “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

We are in the most epic battle: the battle for our eternal souls. Fight well by depending on God, His Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Remember, our main foes are not human:

Ephesians 6:12 MEV “For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Expect chaos. You will be surrounded by it. But you can also expect God to be right there with you throughout your storms. And you can expect seasons of refreshment to come from the Lord too. Remember, He has a keen interest in your personal development. You are His inheritance, His special possession. (1 Peter 2:9) He will not leave you all alone:

Genesis 39:20-21 KJV “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. [21] BUT THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

Revelation 2:26-27 KJV “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

Daniel 7:27 KJV “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

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Onslaught Of The Faith

Onslaught Of The Faith

Jude 1:3-5 NLT “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to DEFEND THE FAITH that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.”

There is a war going on each day worse than World War 1, worse than World War 2, and worse than World War 3. It’s more terrible than any war man has ever seen. It is the spiritual war being waged against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11) Brothers and sisters I wanted to write about something else this week but felt it necessary to write about the onslaught of the faith going on in our day. Satan has an elite group of soldiers who know enough about God to worm their way into our churches. These camouflage Christians imitate us so well. Afterwards they go to work spreading false doctrines like land mines which are damnable heresies. I encourage every believer to be strong in the word of God studying it daily, if all you have is just a few minutes some days. Knowing the word; what it really means, being able to rightly divide it, (2 Timothy 2:15) and living it, is the only way to defeat Satan’s army both seen and unseen. (Ephesians 6:12)

The missiles Satan’s soldiers are firing at us are the same old lies in new costumes. Let us examine:

Recently I met a guy who said he was a Christian. I gave him the benefit of the doubt as is I do whenever I meet someone who says they’re a Christian. He spoke of his dreams and visions like many do that he got from God. He talked about work he did in the ministry. He sounded like a real soldier of Christ. Then he shared with me a problem he was having: a lady who also said she was a Christian kept calling him wanting to meet up with him. “She wants to have sex,” were his exact words he said to me. In fact while we were talking about the Lord she kept calling his cell phone every few minutes. I asked him, “Are you sure she wants to have sex with you?” He said, “Yes.” I encouraged him to run from that situation like the plague. We talked about what happened to Sampson and others for encouragement. I also shared what happened in the past with myself as I also fell for the, “I’m a Christian,” trick with females only to let my guard down and commit fornication. As I was leaving this brother the woman called again, I could tell by the way he was talking to her he was in real trouble. The next day I saw him and shared 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 which says:

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT “RUN FROM SEXUAL SIN! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

I then said, “Remember Jesus says if your right eye causes you to stumble pluck it out. If your left hand causes you to sin cut it off. (Matthew 5:29-30) Jesus is saying we must be willing to take drastic measures to avoid sin. If you keep texting her and talking to her knowing she wants to have sex you’re not fleeing from fornication.” He then said, “Brother I cut her off yesterday. I stopped talking to her,” etcetera. I was so happy for him. It was great hearing a brother shunning sin and making the right decision to serve God.

I saw him later that night and could tell there was something wrong but I didn’t want to assume anything.

THE ANT ON A PIECE OF CARDBOARD DOCTRINE?😳

The next day I saw him again and he said, “I went and hung out with that girl last night. Things got pretty heated but I didn’t have sex with her.” I gently said, “Man if you keep toying with it,” He abruptly cut me off and said, “I’m not toying with it. It’s already written! We’re living in a different time period now.” He was referring to the time of grace since Christ’s crucifixion as opposed to the law of Moses when certain sins were immediately punished. So many say this when they’ve made up their mind to sin. He then started earnestly preaching The Ant On A Piece Of Cardboard Doctrine to me:😳 “You can take an ant and put it on a piece of cardboard, it will go in so many different directions, but you can steer the ant on that piece of cardboard and lead it right to you! God is in control it’s already written, we’re predestined, it’s already ordained! I’m not worried about it!” What he’s saying is we are the ants on the cardboard and God is in control of our lives (holding the piece of cardboard). It doesn’t matter if we go in many different directions (choose sin), God will still lead us right to him (by steering the cardboard) because we are predestined, we are His children. I’ve heard many say things like this but this is my first time hearing that illustration. Wickedly ingenious!🤔 I then said to him, “But God gives us a choice. If we keep on sinning willfully, if we keep on doing it (not even trying to repent), He will stop moving the cardboard. That’s in Hebrews 10:26-27. Here I can show it to you,” then I reached for my Bible. Suddenly that man shot away from me like I poured hot water on him! He walked away fast yelling, “Yeah I know you’re gonna show it to me, that’s religion! We’re now in a different time period! You need to get with the spirit brother!”😳 He said a few other not too nice things to me, but you get the point.

Please read the passage below written in our, “New time period,” as the man stated we’re in, and see if it gives us any leeway to sin:

Hebrews 10: 26-31 NIV “If we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. HOW MUCH MORE SEVERELY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE DESERVES TO BE PUNISHED who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”


The same sacrifice people hang their hats on thinking it allows them to sin more, God is saying, ‘The benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice don’t apply to you.’😳

If I had listened to this man trying to sell me the lie and heresy that we can sin as much as we want and God will ultimately lead us to him like the ant on the piece of cardboard I would be another casualty in the war against our souls. Clever the Devil is. He’s taught his soldiers how to misinterpret scripture and teach others to sin. Sinning is bad all of it. But twisting God’s word in order to do it is a very scary thing.😳

Did you notice in the passage above it says, “HOW MUCH MORE SEVERELY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE DESERVES TO BE PUNISHED who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE?” That totally contradicts what many think. They think that since we are now under grace (since Jesus’ sacrifice) willful sin is less punishable. No! God says it is even more deserving of punishment!😳 Think about it: Jesus leaves heaven, comes to earth as a man and suffers to pay the price for all of our sins, at great cost with his own blood!😳 He lets us know that all our evil deeds will not be remembered, they have been washed away or wiped clean. We then look at Him and say, “Oh, really? So that means I can sin even more now!”😃 People who think like this have completely missed the point of Jesus’ sacrifice. They are trampling the son of God underfoot; treating His righteous blood and sufferings on our behalf like it is nothing.😪 They are insulting the Spirit of grace!😪 God says, ““If we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT, but only a fearful expectation of JUDGMENT.” The same sacrifice people hang their hats on thinking it allows them to sin more, God is saying, ‘The benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice don’t apply to you.’😳

May we never get God’s grace twisted. May we never make excuses to sin. All breaking of God’s law is immorality. Not just the sexual stuff. Holding grudges is immoral. Gossiping is immoral. So is lying, slander, unforgiveness, etcetera. We’re all guilty of sin. (Romans 3:23-24) Let us please repent for the sins we know we are guilty of. GOD WILL FORGIVE US IF WE REPENT!😀 But if we turn the sacrifice of Jesus into a vehicle to live more unrighteously we have really missed it. Refrain from those who teach that God’s grace gives us a license to live immoral lives:

2 Peter 2:1 TPT “In the past there arose false prophets among God’s people, just as there will continue to be false teachers who will secretly infiltrate in your midst to divide you, bringing with them their destructive heresies. They will even deny the Master, who paid the price for them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.”

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WARNING!!! Real Antichrists

1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little childaren, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

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Who is, “THEY,” that, “Went out from us,” in verse 19? Verse 18 says ANTICHRISTS. If you want to know who antichrist is God is telling us who they are. Antichrists are right among us and eventually go out from us. Some can hang around for years without being detected. Did not Judas go unnoticed by the apostles for 3 and a half years? I’ve had to deal with them for years since becoming a Christian as I’m sure many of you have too. But oh how necessary this is as we shall see. 

God says antichrists leave out from us, which means again they are among us. Satan is very clever. He’s got so many duped into looking for one person to arrive on the scene as, “THE ANTICHRIST,” when scripture plainly says they are right among us. If you stay true to the faith at some point they will be made manifest and leave as scripture says. A person not fully committed to God often hears judgment when the word is spoken and rightly divided. Sadly, some of these people think they are serving God when they only obey their feelings. Because you hold tightly to the word you’re a bit too much for them. You’re overboard they say. Eventually a scandal, a church split or controversy of some kind will ensue. Oh it’s coming. They have to go out from us just as scripture says. But this is not to your loss, it’s actually for your gain. Unfortunately this hurts most when those exposed as antichrists are close to you or family members. This is very sad.

THEY SAY THE DEVIL CUTS UP THE WORSE WHEN HE’S ABOUT TO LEAVE

Antichrists never leave quietly. They do damage before and while they are leaving. You will be accused of everything under the sun. You will be gossiped about and slandered. You will be told that you are the reason why they left. But should that surprise us? Is not Satan called the accuser of the brethren? (Revelation 12:10) It’s no surprise that his children speak his language which is lies and accusations. They will pour it on thick. They will not leave in silence.

The real reason why they are leaving you is when you speak and stick to the word verbatim it makes them uncomfortable. The word shows them up. Antichrists make up their own rules and contradict the word of God while claiming to be Christians. They obey their FEELINGS and call it God. No matter how gently you try to point out to them that their feelings are contradicting God’s word they become irate and argue they are right even in the face of scripture.😳 You’re always condemning them they say. When you’re only saying what God’s word says. This is a grievous thing.😔 

THEY WON’T FOREBEAR AND FORGIVE

Colossians 3:12-13 KJV “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; [13] FORBEARING one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

That word, “FORBEARING,” means to put up with one another. Why can’t people claiming to be Christians (claiming this for years) follow this commandment? No matter how much you try to be their friend; make up with them if there are any differences, no matter how much you say you’re sorry they just can’t do it. They never say they are sorry about anything and always accuse you of thinking that you’re perfect.🤔 Beware of this, remember the Bible calls Satan the accuser of the brethren. FORGIVENESS is one of the most basic teachings of Christianity yet many professing Christians just won’t do it and get along peacefully with one another. Why? Jesus answers:

John 8:43-45 CSB “Why don’t you understand what I say? Because YOU CANNOT LISTEN TO MY WORD. YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.”

Nominal Christians really are Satan’s children; antichrists. You are either in Christ or you’re antichrist. (Matthew 12:30)

WOE UNTO THEM

Jude 1:11-19 KJV “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. [12] These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; [13] Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. [14] And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, [15] To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. [16] These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. [17] But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; [18] How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. [19] These be THEY WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

WOW! That’s a whole lot. Where do we start? The Bible says “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain.” Cain hated his brother and murdered him. How did this happen? Cain and Abel both offered a sacrifice to God but God rejected Cain’s offering and accepted Abel’s. This did not set well with Cain, he became very angry and jealous. God warned Cain about his attitude and told him if he repented he too would be accepted. Cain did not listen to God’s warning and instead murdered his brother. (Genesis 4:3-8) You don’t think of Cain as a religious person whenever you hear his name do you? But the Bible says he and his brother performed a religious service to God: a sacrifice. Yes Cain was religious, but he only had an outward form of it. (2 Timothy 3:5) Antichrists are the same way. They are religious, outwardly. They too perform religious acts to God. But just like Cain they are not accepted because they hate their brothers and sisters as he did:

1 John 3:15 CSB “Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”

They follow the way of Balaam for reward. Balaam was a witch. Yes, there are many among the church who perform witchcraft either directly or through the sin of rebellion. (1 Samuel 15:23) And they perish in the gainsaying of Core. Core also known as Korah is one of many who opposed Moses. But Core is famous for it. He too seemed to have some religion about him. He talked as if he cared about the well being of God’s people but the whole time he was trying to usurp Moses’ authority. He never stopped contradicting Moses. He always complained about the bad job Moses was doing as leader of God’s people. He accused Moses of setting himself up over the flock and playing the prince over them. But God said Moses was the meekest man in all the earth. How Core really had it twisted!😳 Antichrists do the same thing. They despise Christian leadership and authority while saying they care about the well being of God’s sheep. The truth is they envy the authority of Christian leaders and are trying to draw the sheep after themselves just like Core. Some naive people follow them just as they followed Core until one day God made a unique earthquake happen: the ground opened up and swallowed all the rebels along with Core to their death, then the ground immediately closed back. Then a fire came out from the Lord and killed 250 more rebels that belonged to Core’s (or Korah’s) rebellion.😳(Numbers 16:19-35) Sadly antichrist gainsayers will also bring swift destruction on themselves God’s says.😪 Please repent of this if you know you are guilty of this sin.

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Nominal Christians really are Satan’s children; antichrists. You are either in Christ or you’re antichrist. (Matthew 12:30)

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“These be THEY WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES, sensual, having not the Spirit,” the Bible says. (Jude 1:19) If you stay true to the faith at some point antichrists will disjoin themselves from you. Everything about them has been foretold so they must separate from you. You will be scandalized and accused for their disunion and rebellion. But do not fret, this has to happen.

GOD SAYS HERESIES AND OFFENSES ARE INEVITABLE

Luke 17:1 KJV “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”

1 Corinthians 11:18-19 ESV “For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”

God says it is inevitable that offenses and occasions for stumbling will come. But woe to the persons being used by Satan to cause them. And why do they come? To show who in the church is truly genuine. Those who are true to God will follow His written word. Those who are heretic antichrists have the party spirit; they will make up their own rules and mislead others into following their heresy. They will always accuse true believers of sins they themselves commit. True believers will always encourage love, forgiveness, and unity in the spirit. (Colossians 3:13) Antichrist will be unloving, unwilling to forgive, and seek separation from those who hold tightly to the word of God. Light and darkness cannot mix. Remember, God says these factions have to happen for good reason, to show which of us have God’s approval. So if you’ve been put out of a church fellowship or others have left you unjustly BRAVO TO YOU for being a true Christian. But WOE TO THEM.😞

Luke 6:22-23 ERV “People will hate you because you belong to the Son of Man. THEY WILL MAKE YOU LEAVE THEIR GROUP. They will insult you. They will think it is wrong even to say your name. When these things happen, know that great blessings belong to you. You can be happy then and jump for joy, because you have a great reward in heaven. The ancestors of those people did the same things to the prophets.”

John 16:1-3 ESV “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. THEY WILL PUT YOU OUT OF THEIR SYNAGOGUES. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”

There it is again. Jesus says true believers WILL BE PUT OUT of antichrists synagogues and groups. But again this is a VICTORY for you.😊 GREAT BLESSINGS and A GREAT REWARD IN HEAVEN BELONGS TO YOU!😂

DAMNABLE HERESIES 

2 Peter 2:1 KJV “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

Any time people claiming to be Christians make up their own rules and teach them as God’s laws (just like the Pharisees), they are guilty of damnable heresies. This is no light matter. These false doctrines influence people who are unstable in their faith to disobey God. These false teachers are a stumbling block. “WOE UNTO THEM!” 

After striving to establish peace with those claiming to be Christians who are bent on hatred, anger, malice, gossip, slander, divisions, railing, lying accusations, unforgiveness, false doctrines, etcetera, we must obey God’s command:

Titus 3:10-11 KJV “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition REJECT; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”

Romans 16:17 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.”

1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little childaren, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

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